Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Native Birds

Last term we were studying Native Birds.

We went on a camp to look at native birds.

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This ia a NZ Native Tui

We read this book.

You can listen to it online here.

We went to see the Native Bird Recovery Centre. We saw 2 kiwi there, a boy and a girl.

You can find their website here. 

By Alesha and Ezra

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Welcome to Pod 5, 2018

Welcome to Pod 5, 2018.

We are all looking forward to a fun and exciting year ahead. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Speech NZ Information

Today, Mrs Muston told everybody about an opportunity for the students called Speech NZ. This is a programme that has been running in our school annually for many years now. It is an opportunity to develop a variety of skills, but most notably oral language.

Students will need to apply this year, and the deadline for applications will be next Tuesday (23 May). Please see the notice below for more information.

Individual Learning Blogs

The learners in Pod 5 have been working hard this week, achieving some great success. We strongly recommend that you visit some of their blogs and see what they have been up to. We would really love some positive comments that show your interest in their learning.

When we comment, we "TAG" the writer. This means we:
  T - Tell the writer something you like,
  A - Ask the writer a question,
  G - Give the writer a positive suggestion for the future.

We look forward to reading your feedback soon!!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Welcome to Term 2

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Pod 5 for term 2. I hope everybody had a great break, and that all students are ready to get back into some awesome learning.

As you all know, we farewelled Tania Macdonald at the end of term 1, and we all wish her all the best for the future. We are lucky to have Keiran Hackett with us for the rest of the year in her place.

Our learners have already done some great work. They have published some of their learning on their own blogs - you can find all the links on the "Individual Blogs" page, which can be reached by clicking on the link at the top of this page. All students will be publishing on their blogs regularly, so make sure you check them regularly. Even better, leave a positive comment on somebody's post.

Well look forward to reading your comments soon.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

How to Make a Face Bookmark

Here is the presentation that Addi and Lila made for you all. I look forward to seeing your finished bookmarks in the new term.
Happy holidays everybody!

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Parents, Caregivers, Whanau,

As discussed at Parent, Teacher meetings, the Single Word Spelling Tests have all been analysed and are now ready for your child to use.  However, based on the results, we have decided that throughout the week the children need to be tested on the essential spelling list, levels 1-8.  These will take priority in their spelling learning and we are aiming to complete them by the end of the week so that they may be used for homework.

I have attached the list for your information.  Feel free to encourage your child to start practising them at home!

General guide
By the end of: 
Y2 children should be expected to know all the words in List 1-2
Y4 children should be expected to know all the words in List 1-4
Y6 children should be expected to know all the words in List 1-6


Monday, 6 February 2017


Nothing quite like a team building exercise to kick start the year so, Pod 5 had to build the tallest tower possible using only marshmellows and spaghetti! Many discovered it was a lot more challenging than they first anticipated!  
The winning group was Mia, Ella, Monica-Rose, Madison and Rheanna.
Well done girls!!

Welcome to Pod 5! Term 1 - 2017

Kia ora Whanau and Caregivers,
Already the year is off to a busy (and hot!) start.   

Swim For Life commences this week, Thursday and Fridays with specific times yet to be confirmed. There is a tentative timetable for Monday - Wednesday so we recommend that students bring their togs every day.   

We both believe that hobbies, sport and activities outside the classroom are just as beneficial, if not more so, than sitting down to do homework after a day at school.  Therefore, homework is only used to build on the basics.
Reading for 20 minutes - text of your child’s choice is best - e.g., chapter books, magazines, the newspaper, anything that interests them!
Maths Tables! Tables! Tables! These underpin everything that your child is trying to learn at this level and are crucial if they are to work at or above their expected level. Concentrating on one per week works well and if they are already confident, then instant recall is something they could be working on.  
Lists will be based on the school-wide spelling test and will be ready shortly - your child is being tested this week.  Students’ lists will be able to be retrieved from their Google drives which are currently being set up.  Once these are up and running, students should be learning their words throughout the week.  There will be peer testing on Fridays.  Suggested learning activities will also be stored in their drives.

You will see there is a page allocated on our class blog with upcoming events. REMEMBER, we have the back to school BBQ this Wednesday to kick things off.  Hope to see you there.

Within our weekly timetable, one block is allocated for Discovery Time. Discovery time allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school and puts your child in charge of their own learning.  Depending on your child’s choice of learning, there may be things they need to bring from home. However, it should not involve you having to buy large, expensive amounts of materials.

This term we are focussing on digital citizenship and building relationships.  We will also be focussing on New Zealand and Maori history which will involve a visit to a marae. For some, this may be their first opportunity to experience a marae powhiri that is covered during te reo Maori.

Every student has their own personal blog which will be used to keep a record of their learning.  It will be a place to share videos of strategies and activities, learning progression goals for reading, writing and maths and publish work they are proud of.  You will also have access to this (and their drives) to see the work and learning that’s occurring throughout the year.

Interviews are next Wednesday and Thursday (15th & 16th).  These are the perfect opportunity for you to share your child’s strengths, how we can help your child and specific goals you are wanting them to work on.  Please remember to book online - https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/  Code: 27wga

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to pop in any time or email us via the office.

Naku noa
Tania Macdonald and Mark Buckland